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UNSC condemns attacks against embassies in Belgrade
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08:48, February 22, 2008

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The UN Security Council condemned on Thursday the attacks against embassies in Belgrade.

The council condemned "in the strongest terms the mob attacks against embassies in Belgrade, which have resulted in damage to embassy premises and have endangered diplomatic personnel," said a statement issued by the 15-member body.

The council recalled the "fundamental principle of the inviolability of diplomatic missions and the obligations on host governments, including under the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations, to take all appropriate steps to protect embassy premises," it said.

In this context, council members "welcome the steps taken by the Serbian authorities to restore order and protect diplomatic property and personnel," it added.

Earlier in the day, U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters that he was "outraged" by the mob attack against the U.S. embassy in Belgrade and would seek condemnation by the UN Security Council.

The U.S. embassy in Serbia was stormed by protesters on Thursday during a mass rally against the unilateral declaration of independence of Kosovo.

Protesters attacked on Sunday the U.S. and Slovenian embassies in Belgrade, inflicting property destructions of the two embassies.

Kosovo, the breakaway province of Serbia, has been under UN administration since 1999.

The ethnic Albanian-dominated Kosovo unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia on Feb. 17. Belgrade has said the proclamation is null and void.

Source: Xinhua

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